I shared yesterday how we all had the flu and used elderberry syrup to help treat it. Zoë got over the flu very quickly, and was back to school on the first day back from Winter break. Unfortunately, that first day back at school, she came home with an ear ache.
At first, I thought it was from the increased activity after resting for a few days. As the evening and night wore on, I quickly realized it was more than an ear ache. Zoë had never previously had an ear infection, but this time I knew she did.
I had read many places online about using garlic oil as a natural remedy for ear aches and ear infections. Since it is so quick and easy to make, I whipped up a batch after I put her in bed.
She awoke a couple hours after going to bed screaming with ear pain. I gave her some ibuprofen, and then brought the garlic oil in and explained to her what it was. At first, she was reluctant to try it, but quickly realized she'd try anything to ease her pain.
I rubbed a small amount around the outside of her ear canal and allowed a couple of drops to go into her ear canal. Within two minutes, she was fast asleep again.
Again, she awoke around 3 am in horrible pain. I gave her some more ibuprofen and put a couple more drops of garlic oil into hear ear. She quickly fell asleep again.
When morning came, I was planning to keep her home from school so she could see a doctor and rest, but she woke up and really wanted to go to school. So we gave her another dose of ibuprofen and put more garlic oil in her ear.
At this point, I was able to ask her whether the garlic oil helped. She said it felt weird when I first put it in, but when it dried, the pain would go away.
Since her pain was so severe, we decided to take her to the doctor's office after school to have her examined. She was diagnosed with a severe ear infection with a large fluid ball in her ear. So we did decide to proceed with antibiotics this time around.
However, I am very thankful that this recipe for DIY garlic oil helped her get through the night and a day at school. I am confident it could help me get through a more minor ear infection, but when severe ear infections arise, we will still seek medical advice and care, if necessary.
If you don't want to make your own, you can also purchase ready-made garlic oil.
DIY Garlic Oil Recipe for Ear Aches & Ear Infections
- In a small sauce pan, heat the oil until it’s warm to the touch, but not hot.
- Put the chopped garlic in a small glass container, then pour the warmed olive oil over it.
- Put the lid on the container and allow the garlic oil to infuse overnight (for a minimum of 2 hours in a rush).
- Strain the garlic from the oil and store in a airtight glass container.
- To use, rub a small amount of garlic oil around the outside of the ear. If the infection and/or pain is inside the ear, you can rub it closer to the entrance of the ear canal and let 1-2 drops to go into the ear canal.
- Use as needed. If pain does not improve or worsens, seek medical advice.
Have you ever used garlic oil for ear aches or ear infections?
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